It is very difficult when it comes time to move an aging parent. There are many circumstances that arise when moving an aging parent which catch many people off guard...this article will discuss a few of these and provide valuable tips.
It is very difficult when it comes time to move an aging parent. There are many circumstances that arise when moving an aging parent which catch many people off guard, such as what to do with the furniture that will not fit in the new residence and how to care for antique/high value furniture. In this article we will review many of these scenarios and reduce some of the physical and mental stress of moving.
One of the first things you will need to do is hire your professional moving company. These services can book up very quickly which can limit your options on move day. Make sure to do your research and check online reviews. Mostly, do not forget to ask your friends, family and co-workers who they used, there is no better research than first hand experiences. Vincenza Johnson, the operations manager at Two Men And A Truck in West Chester, OH recommends either stopping by the Moving Companies office or having a representative come out and explain the services. She stated, "Moving elderly people can be very stressful on them, we find that sending a representative out to take a look at what is being moved and offer suggestions helps tremendously in making sure the move goes as smooth and stress free as possible."
Professional movers are an absolute must when moving antiques and high value items. Most times, these items are the most difficult to properly care for on move day and are the most valuable items being moved. Let your professional movers handle these items so they can be properly cared for and protected.
Much of your Aging Parent's items may need to be moved to storage and the storage facility you choose is very important as you want to be certain it is a facility that can safely accommodate the items you are having stored. For instance, if you are storing antiques and delicate items, you will want to consider a facility that is very secure and climate controlled. Sometimes, it will be a better option to move some of your personal items into storage in order to free up some room to bring a portion of your parent's items to your residence. Oftentimes, your items will be newer and require less maintenance and care. Vincenza also recommends getting the advice of your moving company when deciding on the size of the storage unit you will need. She stated that there are not many things worse on move day that getting to the storage unit and finding you do not have enough room. This is why it is a great idea to lean on the experience of your professional moving company, they have tons of experience in this area and can give valuable insight.
Once you have decided which items are being moved to the new residence and which items are being stored, garage Sales are great ways to reduce some of those possessions you may not want to keep and make a little money at the same time. Also, a trip to the local Salvation Army or Goodwill to donate the times you do not want to keep or did not sell is a great way to give back to the community. Remember those donation receipts, they come in handy come tax time.
Don't forget to fill out a change of address form with the post office for your parent and make sure your parent's regular mail is uninterrupted by changing their address with any memberships, newspapers, magazines, etc. You will also want to make sure prescriptions are transferred and make sure medical records are filed in a place you have immediate access.
If you aging parent has household plants, understand that the back of a moving truck is extremely difficult on most plants and they often cannot handle the environmental shock of the extreme temperature/climate change. If you really care about your plants, find them a good home or move them in your personal vehicle.
When it comes time to move, send friends, loved ones and neighbors cards or an email telling them of your parent's' new address. Also, set up a time to shut off your parent's cable, phone, utilities, etc.
Moving an aging parent is a difficult and life changing experience for them, but with preparation and forethought and the help of a great professional moving company, the stress and anxiety can absolutely be reduced.